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Product Details

  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Bilingual Readers (September 18, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 8492968214
  • ISBN-13: 978-8492968213
  • Product Dimensions: 8.4 x 5.5 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #236,289 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Ana L. Flores: Ana Lilian Flores is truly a child of two worlds. Born in Houston to parents from El Salvador; she grew up in El Salvador until she headed back to the U.S. to attend college. She soon started a vibrant career as a television and entertainment producer and content creator, with a specialty in the U.S. Hispanic industry, both in the U.S. and in Mexico.

After becoming a mom, Ana co-founded SpanglishBaby.com™, the online community for parents raising bilingual and bicultural kids. SpanglishBaby’s success and her acute sense of market trends and content curation kick-started Ana’s professional reinvention as a blogger,
published writer and social media strategist working with brands eager to connect with influencers in the Latina blogosphere.


Roxana A. Soto: An Emmy-award winning bilingual and bicultural journalist with experience in print, online, and television, Roxana A. Soto was born in Lima, Peru, and moved to Miami as a teenager. After spending more than 13 years as a newspaper reporter and television producer, she decided to call it quits, left South Florida and became a mother.

A couple of years after the birth of her first child, Roxana wanted to go back to writing…on her own terms. So together with Ana Flores, her best friend from college, she co-founded SpanglishBaby.com™ in 2009 quickly becoming the go-to site for parents raising bilingual and bicultural kids. Roxana is currently the Editorial Director of SpanglishBaby.com™, which was recently chosen as a Must Read Mom’s Blog by Parenting magazine.

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This book is a must read for parents raising bilingual children!
Susan Stephan
The book is well researched, provides plenty of resources (website, books, blogs, authors) as well as personal experiences and lots of encouragement.
Maria Ortiz-Cintron
If you have made the choice to raise a bilingual child, this book should be mandatory reading.
Michael Hodge

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Jenny B on October 5, 2012
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This book is a must-read for anyone considering raising a child with two languages or in the process of doing so. It is touching, funny and wonderfully readable, but it is also packed with practical advice about the decisions and challenges of raising bilingual kids. The authors both have young children and have drawn from their own experiences as well as research to put together an informative, yet personal resource.

I raised my children with two languages and I would have given anything for a book like this. It was a wonderful experience, but it was also emotional and often exhausting. Bilingual is Better offers reassurance and support to help you stick with the decision to teach kids a second language. This book is supportive, not judgmental, and full of insight into a complicated process.
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I am Latina however I do not speak Spanish. My parents are fluent in both English and Spanish and never taught me how to speak it. I know some words and phrases and I understand a lot and I love my culture. I didn't think I would appreciate this book because I am not bilingual and I'm not raising my son to be bilingual. But reading this book inspired me to teach my son what I know. It taught me to understand that teaching language can go beyond just memorizing words. There's music, literature and food. It's about our family, culture and values. That is what Ana and Roxanne do with this book. In addition, it is packed with amazing resources - from blogs to books to music and more! This is a must have for every family.
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I am a big fan of Spanglish baby and have been wanting to read this book for a long time. Now that I finally had the time to do so, I couldn't put it down! I loved the way the book was well-researched (the best overview of bilingual education in the US that I've ever read anywhere, for instance!)and written from the hearts of two passionate moms. Definitely a must read to anyone whether you're just getting acquainted with bilingualism or have already read many books on the topic!
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I've read and re-read this book, gifted it to friends and family and loaned out my own copy several times. I've been a loyal reader of SpanglishBaby since 2009 and this book is an excellent supplement to the information already available on the SpanglishBaby site--but for those thinking they'll get everything in the book from the site for free, that is not the case. The book gives a more in-depth look at why bilingual is better and has both scientific study information and personal, real-life anecdotes to tie the science and daily life together. It's an extremely interesting and relevant read for families committed to raising bilingual kids and maintaining a bilingual household. I could see the book being especially helpful to multicultural households where it may be more difficult to get extended family on board.
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I thoroughly enjoyed this read. The book is well researched, provides plenty of resources (website, books, blogs, authors) as well as personal experiences and lots of encouragement. It examines American Ethnicity from a different perspective, and encourages parents to instill a love and respect for both cultures and languages. I am bilingual and bicultural and the information provided in this book has renewed in me an eagerness and determination to ensure that my kids are also bilingual and bicultural - the benefits truly outweigh the effort.
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As the author of Bilingual Benny & The Lost Cat - Learn Spanish for Kids, English/Spanish Book, I know a thing or two about bilingual education and theory. I have been a big fan of SpanglishBaby for a few years, and decided to take the plunge and read this new book by the founders. I expected the book to explain not just why bilingualism is better; but also how to go about making this happen. But, as the authors point out, the book is not so much a how-to, but a new vantage point on the new bilingual and bi-cultural world we live in. As a non-native Spanish speaker (I forced myself to learn the language, and am married to a Latina), I could not share many of the sentiments in this book -- but still came out very pleased. The way Ana and Roxana portray the bright future (and obvious advantage) of maintaining bilingualism is inspiring. I also learned quite a bit about dual language programs, and the school system point of view. If you have made the choice to raise a bilingual child, this book should be mandatory reading.
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By m vogtsberger on February 1, 2013
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Book contained lots of historical information that I wasn't aware of before reading. Especially interesting to me as I have a little grandson being raised to be bilingual.
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